General State Park Information and Locations
From Jay Cooke to Grand Portage, the nine State Parks are true gems of Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior. These parks contain and protect some of the most striking and unique natural resources in the area. From the incredible St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park just south of Duluth, the Baptism, Temperance and Pigeon Rivers, the Devil's Kettle, Superior's coast, Mic Mac Lake and the stony cliff of Split Rock Lighthouse. Take a break from driving as you travel up or down the North Shore, stop and relax. Spend a day exploring the Shore and these incredible Minnesota North Shore State Parks!
This is a partial listing of state park rules and regulations. Complete rules (Minnesota State Legislature Web site).
8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 365 days a year. Office hours vary by season.
State Park Permits
All vehicles entering a state park must display a valid Minnesota State Park vehicle permit which must be affixed to the lower right hand corner of the windshield. Annual and day permits can be purchased at a park. Funds from state park vehicle permits and fees are used to help manage park resources and facilities. Information on purchasing an annual permit. Other fee information.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, state parks are working to make facilities accessible to people of all abilities. Call the specific state park you are planning to visit for up-to-date information on accessibility.
It is unlawful for any person to consume intoxicating liquors, or to display liquor containers in public. State laws apply to possession and use of drugs.
Biking is permitted only on designated trails or park roads where motor vehicles are allowed, unless otherwise posted.
Campers must register at the office or self-registration station. Only registered campers are allowed in the park after 10 p.m. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Check in/check out
Overnight guests must check out by 4 p.m. If you choose to stay another day in the campground or park lodging, you must re-register by 11 a.m.
Gathering firewood disrupts the forest and soil cycle and is not permitted. Firewood may be purchased at the park office.
Fireworks are not permitted in state parks.
When fishing in waters entirely within state parks, anglers must comply with Minnesota fishing laws and rules.
In a state park, while in the water, use of air mattresses, inner tubes or other flotation devices that are not approved by the Coast Guard is prohibited except when used in an area specifically designated for that use.
Geocaching is now allowed in Minnesota State Parks, State Recreation Areas and Waysides managed by the DNR Division of Parks and Recreation. All caches placed in these locations require a signed permit prior to placement. Permit applications and geocaching guidelines are available at the park office or online;MN DNR Geocaching.
Hunting is prohibited in state parks unless authorized by the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.
Use of metal detectors is prohibited.
Parking on the grass is not allowed. Park in designated areas only and on the parking spaces provided in the campground.
Pets are welcome in state parks but must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet and must be personally attended at all times. No pets other than hearing or seeing-eye dogs or other service animals are allowed in state park buildings, lodging, cabins, camper cabins, on tours or in beach areas.
Easy access and abundant natural features make Minnesota State Parks perfect for a variety of resource-related research projects. Research permits are required before studies can be undertaken in state parks. For more information on doing research in state parks, e-mail Ed Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org. Download an application for a state park research permit. [Microsoft Word Doc] Read more about research in state parks.
Rock climbing in state parks is allowed only in designated areas and only by permit. Permits are available at the park office.
When using groomed trails in parks, skiers 16 years of age and older, must have in their possession, a valid Minnesota ski pass.
Snowmobiles in state parks can be operated only on designated trails or posted areas.
Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere is state parks except on groomed trails or where posted.
It is unlawful for any person to possess explosives of any kind. It is also against the law for any person to possess a firearm (including an air gun) unless the firearm is unloaded and completely contained in a fully enclosed gun case or unloaded and contained in the closed trunk of a vehicle. A person who is legally permitted under MS 624.714 to carry a handgun in the State of Minnesota, may legally carry that handgun in State Parks.
Minnesota State Park Permits
$25 (annual vehicle permit)
$18 (second vehicle permit)
$12 (special permits - designated for people with a State of Minnesota disability license plate)
New for 2007!
$20 (Motorcycle Permit - Please note: -This permit fits in a wallet; it is not a windshield sticker.)
In person at any state park, REI Outdoor Recreation Stores in the Twin Cities, or at the DNR headquarters in St. Paul (500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul).
By phone (651) 296-6157 (Twin Cities metro area) or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367).
Valid for one year from the month of purchase.
Lighting of the Beacon at Split Rock Lighthouse and the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, held every year on November 10th click here for more info.